Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Karen Head

Karen Head (PhD University of Nebraska) is Director of the Communication Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at Technische Universität-Dortmund, Germany, where she serves as the primary consultant for their academic center. Her research areas focus on writing and communication theory and pedagogical practice, especially in the following areas: implementation and development of writing centers, writing program administration, communication ecologies, technical communication, business communication, multidisciplinary communication, and creative writing (especially as it applies to extended risk-taking in subsequent communication projects). In 2012-13, she was part of the GT team awarded a Gates Foundation Grant to develop one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) focused on college writing, and she has published several articles about the experience. She has also published three books of poetry (Sassing, My Paris Year, and Shadow Boxes) and exhibited several acclaimed digital poetry projects. An award winning teacher, Head’s courses center on analyzing, critiquing, evaluating, and creating a variety of texts that demonstrate an understanding of audience and adaptation of multimodal rhetorical strategies and tools. In 2013, she won Georgia Tech's CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Award.

Academic Research Fields

Educational Technology, MOOCs, Poetry and Poetics, Rhetoric, Science, Technology, and Culture, Technical Communication


Community engagement, Digital Communication, Higher Education: Teaching and Learning, International Communication, Sustainability

Additional Keywords

Tutoring, The Communication Center, Writing, Representations of Self, Risk Taking, Creativity, MOOC, Educational Technology, Poetry
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